I've been subscribed for about two weeks now. My opinion is that it's definitely worth it if you're a fan of long-form journalism and other sports besides football. If you intend to lurk in their "community" Q&A forums and wait for transfer scoops from Mitten & co. then it's a waste of money. I'm an MMA obsessive too, the journalists they have in this field are great! And the NFL content is aplenty now the season approaches. I live in New York and travel on the subway a lot so the fact that the Athletic app is available offline with articles is a big plus as mobile phone reception is non-existent when commuting. I'm going to pay the heavily discounted upfront annual fee when my trial ends.